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HSO205 - Occupations in Childhood Development

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:HSO201
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H355 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Unit chair:

Tara Roberts

Prerequisite:HSO102, HSO104 (or HSO101)


Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour 45 minute Class/Lecture and 1 x lhour 15 minute Seminar/Tutorial per week. Total contact hours: 3 hours per week


This level 2 unit, addresses concepts related to the occupational development of children from birth to adolescence. There is a focus on identifying the developmental changes in children's performance components over time. Students will study how this occurs alongside meaningful occupations such as play, productivity and self-care, and how occupational development can be impacted upon by a child's environment. Students will study how developmental disabilities can impact a child's ability to engage in meaningful occupations within a variety of environments. 


Topics to be addressed in this unit include: best practice Occupational Therapy when working with children, typical childhood development ages and stages, a review of human learning theories, health conditions which commonly impact on occupational development, relevant occupational therapy theoretical models, goal setting and Occupational Therapy specific assessment with families and children, finding the 'best fit' Occupational Therapy intervention to enhance a child's occupational performance, considering the evidence base of these interventions.


Students will address these topics via attendance at weekly classes, 'hands- on' problem based learning seminars each week and interactive on-line activities and engaging assessment tasks.



Assessment task 1: Weekly online quiz tasks 20%

Assessment task 2: Childhood Occupation Task sequence (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 3: Case Study report (1500 words) 40%


Note: students must achieve a pass in both HSO205 and HSO206 in order to meet the prerequisite requirements of HSO303 and HSO305.

Prescribed texts

Case-Smith, J. (2014). Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents. 7th Ed. Elsevier - Health Sciences Division. ISBN 139780323169257

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